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Inflating the resume for beginner/entry level positions

Arjun Singh Rampal
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Joined: May 24, 2012
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My beginner level resume is not at all impressive. I have just elementary knowledge of C, C++, Java(with certification), HTML and experience of two/three weeks in some other technologies like servlets, jsp, sql. I have done some toy code development in eclipse. I have used linux and mac computers 15-20 times. Besides, all I did was toy code and no real projects.
So, Is it okay to put all these and more in my resume under the "skills" section ? Or should I just be honest and say that I am good only at C++ and Java ? Problem is that if I say that I am "strong" (relative if you know what i mean ;) ) only in 2 things, then a company might not even bother to call me for an interview.
Some of my friends have done this and they got calls, but only very few of them got selected. What should I do ? I am impatient to get some real world experience (cash not necessary) so that I can break free from doing toy code.

Have any of you seen all this when you were recruiting people for "beginner" level positions ?
Jeanne Boyarsky
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There's a lot of resume inflation. However, it gets held against you at the interview. And you *will* get caught.

In the skills section, you can separate between skills you are strong in, skills you have familiarity with and skills you have only a tiny bit of knowledge with.

The temptation to exaggerate is very high. When I was in college I put VB on my resume (I read a book on the topic.) I only got called for one interview based on that and it was very embarrassing. I couldn't do the simplest thing in VB. I wouldn't inflate my resume now. Even on skills/languages I don't have much experience with. I'd put it as a basic. Or learn more. I know better that it is a bad idea now.


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